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Lot # 335 (335 of 1911)   « Previous Lot | Next Lot »

Circa 1910 P2 Sweet Caporal Pins Complete Set (204): #1 PSA Set Registry (7.31 GPA)!

Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $18,000

Extraordinary complete set of 1910 P2 Sweet Caporal pins comprised of all 204 pins in the set, entirely graded and encapsulated by PSA. The P2 Sweet Caporal pin set is one of the most interesting, substantial, and most overlooked of all baseball tobacco inserts. This classic 1910-era issue features almost all of the great stars and Hall of Famers of the era, many appearing in the set twice, including Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Tris Speaker, and Cy Young. The players in this set are also found in T205 and T206. Assembling a complete set of P2s is more challenging than many collectors realize due to the many scarce pins and numerous variations. There are 152 pins with “small letters” and 52 “large letters” in a complete set. After the most common fifty or sixty pins (which are most frequently seen by far) they start to get scarce. Many of the Hall of Famers in the set are represented by both a "large letter" (photo style) variety and a "small letter" (artwork style) variety. This set is loaded with Hall of Famers and rarities! As noted above, the entire set of 204 pins has been graded and encapsulated by PSA, which is a substantial investment in and of itself. This incredible set currently ranks first on the PSA Set Registry with an extremely impressive overall GPA of 7.31. The set consists of eighteen MINT 9s, eighty NM-MT 8s, seventy NM 7s, and thirty-six EX-MT 6s.

PSA Grading Composite: MINT 9 (18 pins):
including Baker and Bresnahan/mouth closed, small. NM-MT 8 (80 pins): including Bender/large, Bender/small, Bresnahan/mouth closed, large, Bresnahan/mouth open, Brown/small, Chase/small, Collins/small, Griffith/small, Hooper, Huggins/small, Jennings/small, Johnson/small, Mathewson/small, McGraw/large, McGraw/small, Speaker/small, Tinker/large, Tinker/small, Wheat/small, and Young/small. NM 7 (70 pins): including Chance/large, Chance/small, Chase/large, Clarke/large, Clarke/small, Cobb/large, Cobb/small, Collins/large, Duffy/large, Duffy/small, Huggins/large, Jennings/large, Marquard, Mathewson/large, Wallace/with cap, small, and Wheat/large. EX-MT 6 (36 pins): including Brown/large, Cicotte, Evers, Griffith/large, Johnson/large, Lajoie, Speaker/large, Wallace/with cap, large, Wallace/without cap, Walsh, and Young/large.

All the pins are extremely attractive and entirely deserving of their high grades. The reverse advertising paper is complete and intact throughout. This set has been carefully assembled over a period of many years by our consignor with an uncompromising attention to all condition factors. It is hard not to appreciate the extraordinary value represented by P2s compared to tobacco-card issues of the era. This is a stunning ultra high-grade set, one of the finest ever assembled, of this very popular pin set, loaded with Hall of Famers and highlights. Total: 204 pins. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000++. SOLD FOR $18,000

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